Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals, brilliant instrumental talents and a powerful, contemporary sense of song choice and arrangement into one of the most compelling new sounds in bluegrass today.
This group comes to you as a husband and wife group that has polished and perfected some great songs! Lori and Brad have made several accomplishments with no obstacles to big, They have a great group playing traditional songs and originals songs with perfection and style!
What's in a name? Some (well, Mr. Webster in fact) might suggest that the name Sideline means “an activity done in addition to one's main job”. Alternately, many people think it's the section of a football field just to the side of where the main action happens. is band may be an additional activity for the guys and they may stand to the side of the stage in their “regular” bands, but when they get together, it's all front and center, main stage bluegrass. Sideline plays songs you love. Some are bluegrass classics, some are destined to be classics, and all of them are performed in a way that makes audiences understand why these pickers and singers are A tier bluegrasses, loved and adored by fans the world
The sparks the bluegrass mountaineers ignite while performing traditional bluegrass music is very unique. Their burning desire fueled by their experience and music shared by four generations to continue a family tradition is one of the world's most valued treasures in such a wonderful music style.
Out Of The Blue
We've been playing together since the late 90 's . Joe Sr. moved here from southwestern Va. many years ago and today all of us make our home in the Port Clinton area . We love bluegrass music and hopefully it shows through in our approach to it . With the retirement of longtime bass playerArchie Stinson , Vern Brink from Gibsonburg Ohio has taken over on the upright bass .
This group needs no introduction for the tri-state area. Playing as the house band at several local festivals this group brings wit and sound to the stage. With powerful vocals that blend smoothly they perform many great originals from the founding leader Tony Hickman, who started the group in the 70's. Still carrying on the torch these guys have a tremendous stage presence and are sure to make you smile!
Sometimes you never know when your life takes a turn. When a young girl wants to play an instrument and her brothers want to get in on the action, amazing things can happen. Take three talented siblings to an open mic night and you might accidentally discover that you have something special. You won’t believe your ears when you listen to Lonesome Meadow, the family band from Westerville, OH. Their Kentucky roots shine through in their rich sibling harmonies and amazing instrumentation. In just a few short years, they have amazed audiences from Canada to Florida when they cut loose on classics like Foggy Mountain Breakdown or play waltzes like Ashokan Farewell. And not only do they play traditional and progressive bluegrass so well, but they also perform their own original bluegrass tunes.
This group of four musicians supply the energy to get everyone's toes tapping. They play traditional bluegrass and beyond. All the members of this group have been around the west Michigan music scene for decades. Their diverse and exciting repertoire is a treat to the senses.
Patuxent Music recording artist, The Kevin Prater Band brings "Pure Kentucky Style Bluegrass" to every show they preform. Their unique and powerful harmonies have been strongly influenced by the original Seldom Scene, Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen, Osborn Brothers and many other legends of Bluegrass Music.
As veterans of Michigan's Bluegrass scene, going back to 1983 and earlier, the members of Calabogie Road truly enjoy every minute onstage and there is always something for everybody at their concerts. Hot pickin' from Mark's mandolin and Paul's banjo, the very best rhythm guitar around from Ruth, some awesome fiddling from Marten, and a solid bass line from John make for some exciting shows! Throw in their great harmonies and humor and what have you got? THE CALABOGIE ROAD experience!
The Blue Water Ramblers, est. 2002, are song smiths who take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds. Banjo-Jim Foerch on acoustic and electric banjo writes and sings of the sailors, lumberjacks, driving and unrequited C&W love. Bear Berends creates and croons songs on his big Martin guitar that celebrate Michigan, the greatest generation and babies. Tom DeVries' songs include sparkling instrumentals on his mandolins and songs for you. California Dan Lynn is our blue grass specialist, laying down the beat with his bass and singing the high, lonesome harmony line. Fiddlin' Bill Neiusma is in charge of all things fiddle. In a Blue Water Rambler performance you will hear our songs expressing our unique take on life present and past presented in a mix styles from country to reggae to bluegras to a bit of R&B to olde time.